23 January 2013
The University of the Sunshine Coast is gearing up for its first semester in Gympie, with a focus initially on Nursing Science, Primary Education and a tertiary bridging program.
More than 20 offers to begin studying at USC Gympie next month were sent out by the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) last Thursday and that number is expected to increase when the final round of QTAC offers is made on February 7.
USC Gympie manager Graham Young said construction of the University’s $5.5 million building on the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE (WBIT) campus on Cartwright Road was progressing well and would be completed by May, weather permitting.
Mr Young thanked WBIT and nearby James Nash State High School for their assistance in helping the University to become established in Gympie.
He said he expected the University’s long-term investment in education in Gympie to pay dividends quite quickly, with the student population likely to grow rapidly during the next few years.
“I do believe there will be a fairly sharp rise in student numbers from year one to two and from year two to three as well,” he said. “We will be looking at what other programs we can deliver in Gympie, including Business degrees.”
Mr Young said Gympie district residents who do not receive QTAC offers could apply directly to USC to study its Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP) program by calling 5430 2890. Successful completion of this four-subject program provides guaranteed entry to most USC degrees.
Construction of the USC building in Gympie has received funding from the Commonwealth Government’s Structural Adjustment Fund.
— Terry Walsh